Long Beach Sands (around $3 at Drugstore.com or local drugstores), from NYC’s new HD eyeshadow line, is the palest of the brownish trios. Its deepest shade is a medium tone.
If you have a light or medium skin tone, this trio will give you a very “natural” look – just a hint of shimmer and a little contour color, and that’s it. But I found this one really made my eyes pop somehow.
As with most of the other trios I’ve reviewed from this line, all three colors had a lot of pigment and wore very well. I had no creasing or fading (though I’m not prone to either). I don’t usually like colors like these – I enjoy a little drama in my eyeshadow. But this is a really easy trio to love, especially when you’re putting it on in a hurry or just want something simple and foolproof.
This trio also works well on crepey lids – the type that are usually advised to only ever wear matte shades. These are so light on the shimmer that they don’t highlight crinkles and wrinkles, and you can still have the benefit of that little bit of shimmer catching the light and making your eyes show up more. Also, because this one has neutral to cool undertones, it can counteract any redness in or around your eyes.
For deeper skin tones, you can assume these colors will be opaque and look more or less on your skin the way they look in the pan. I believe they could turn ashy on some warm skin tones.
Color 1 is a nearly white, light pink satin finish. Color 2 is a medium brown satin finish with slight warm undertones. Color 3 is a pale taupe that’s somewhere between a metallic finish and a satin.